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Assistive technology

Assistive Technology is any item, piece of equipment, software program or product system that is used to increase, maintain or improve access to digital information.

All members of the St Marys community can benefit from using assistive technology, but this is often something that is awarded to students who have disabilities as a reasonable adjustment. Assistive Technology can support those who have challenges with speaking, typing, writing, remembering, seeing, hearing, learning, mobility and dexterity, and others.

Assistive Technology Suite (ATR)

Students registered with the Student Wellbeing Service will be granted access to our Assistive Technology Room in the main campus Library. The Assistive Technology Room will have a range of specialist Assistive Technology software and equipment to help you with your studies.

  • An Assistive Technology Training Room will enable students to develop an independent, autonomous way of learning and using the Assistive Technology software & hardware.
  • Each student has a different method or styles of learning.
  • A purpose built area will allow students to take full advantage of these methods of learning to achieve their academic goals.
  • It will help to unlock the challenges some of our students have to education and allow them to achieve their full potential.
  • Provides tools to enable an individual to experience success at home, at school, at work and/or in the community.
  • Being in a purpose built area will create a conducive learning environment that will not alienate students from their peers.
  • Can increase an individual's confidence and self-esteem.
  • Improves quality of life, and removes barriers providing the tools for possible employment and educational opportunities.
  • It will help to unlock the challenges some of our students have to education and allow them to achieve their full potential.

The Student Wellbeing Service (Disability and Dyslexia) offers specialised training sessions for those interested in learning how to use the Assistive Technology software mentioned above.

Our 1-2-1 training sessions can last from 1-2 hours depending on your time and availability. Sessions are held in an informal relaxed environment where students can learn how to use their software and hardware tools. Trainers can cover a small number of key features, focusing on the main benefits of the Assistive Technology software. These are delivered in the Assitive Technology Suite.

Students in receipt of the DSA for Assistive Technology support will be contacted by the Wellbeing Service to make arrangements for the support to be put in place. Students can also contact the Wellbeing Service or complete assistive technology booking request form to book their sessions and can specify when they are available.

Specialised software and equipment can be found in the Assistive Technology Room but we have also installed Text Help Read version 11.5, Mindview, and Sonocent Audio Notetaker across our University PC's to support every student with the demands of reading, writing and planning their assignments. Just look out for the icons on your desktop;

 Read&Write and Sonocent logos

Organisational skills

Planning ideas and essays

Support with note taking

Alternatives to typing by-hand

Reading and writing assignments

If you're interested in arranging a 1-2-1 training session, or for more information please email wellbeing@stmarys.ac.uk or call 020 8240 4353.

 

 

Further information

If you would like some further information, or to find out if you’re eligible for DSA support with assistive technology, please contact Stephen Richardson on stephen.richardson@stmarys.ac.uk for training.